Scholarship Opportunities at ACU 

At ACU, we offer a number of scholarship and grant opportunities to students each year based on academic achievement, community service, leadership, financial need, and other factors, too.

In fact, high school students can begin exploring what their scholarship potential looks like at ACU through RaiseMe, a free micro-scholarship platform! All high school students are invited to sign up and begin earning scholarships as early as their freshman year. For more information, and to get started, visit ACU’s RaiseMe site to create your profile!

Next, spend some time on this page to learn about opportunities and programs that are designed to reward you for your academic accomplishments, your dedication to improving the community around you and other exceptional achievements!

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ACU Academic Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen

Merit-Based Awards for the 2020-2021 School Year

At ACU, every first-time incoming student, who is admitted, receives a merit-based award! These awards range from $9,000 per year to $18,000 per year and are determined by three factors:

  1. ACT/SAT Superscore
  2. Core GPA
  3. Overall Class Rank*

*If your school does not provide class rank, your Core GPA will be used twice.

Award Name

Annual Amount

 GPA Renewal Requirement

Royce L. Money Chancellor's Award $18,000    3.0 GPA
John C. Stevens Award $16,000    3.0 GPA
A.B. Barret Award $15,000    2.5 GPA
Dean's Award $12,500    2.5 GPA
University Award $9,000    2.5 GPA

*You will receive notification of your academic scholarship in your acceptance packet.

Presidential Scholarship
The Presidential Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate a high level of involvement in extracurricular activities, have a history of being chosen for leadership positions, who participate in faith-based settings and who excel academically.

No application is required, recipients will be identified using the information provided on their original application to ACU.

Honors Fellow Scholarship
The Honors Fellow Scholarship is one of ACU’s highest honors. Recipients must be named Presidential Scholars, agree to be members of ACU’s Honors College and score above a 33 on their ACT, or above a 1450 on their SAT, in order to qualify for consideration.

No application is required, recipients will be identified using the information provided on their original application to ACU.

National Achievement Scholarship
The National Achievement Scholarship program recognizes outstanding achievement among Black American high school students. Recipients must have achieved a top score on the PSAT/NMSQT during their junior year. This scholarship covers all of tuition, when combined with federal, state and institutional assistance.

No application is required, provide your National Achievement Scholarship Certificate to your Admissions Counselor to claim this award.

National Hispanic Recognition Program
The National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) invites a select group of hispanic students, who took the PSAT/NMSQT their junior year of high school, to apply for this College Board recognition. Recipients are identified by the NHRP and ACU awards those individuals an additional $6,000, per year, to go toward tuition costs.

No application is required, provide your National Hispanic Scholar Certificate to your Admissions Counselor to claim this award.

National Merit Finalists, Semi-Finalists and Commended Scholars
All National Merit Finalists and Semi-Finalists are guaranteed full-tuition, when coordinated with federal, state and institutional grants, to attend ACU. Additionally, these students are provided with a $1,500 stipend, per year, that can be used to help cover the costs of room, board and/or books.

National Merit Commended Scholars are awarded an additional $2,000 scholarship, per year, that stacks with their merit-based award.

Provide your National Merit Certificate to your Admissions Counselor to claim this award.

Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholarship
ACU offers graduating valedictorians and salutatorians a $1,000 scholarship, in addition to their merit-based award. Submit your official high school transcript to receive this one-year scholarship.

Need-Based Grants

To be considered for need-based grants, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning October 1st of your senior year of high school. The FAFSA will be used to determine your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Once ACU receives your FAFSA, you will be considered for need-based federal, state and institutional grants. Need-based grants will be communicated to students on their award letters, which are sent to admitted students in the spring, each year.

Need-based grants will be communicated to students on their award letters, which are sent to admitted students in the spring, each year.

Additional ACU Scholarship Opportunities for Incoming Freshmen

Servant-Leader Scholarships
All first-time, incoming students are invited to apply for ACU’s Cultures of ACU Scholarship and Community Servant-Leader Award. Recipients must demonstrate leadership skills as well as a passion for diversity and equality.

Cultures of ACU recipients are expected to enhance the academic, social and spiritual environment around them by sharing their unique cultural backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

Community Servant-Leader Award recipients are expected to be servant-minded students who demonstrate strong leadership potential, the ability to succeed academically and the desire to promote a multicultural society.

Students who complete this application once will be considered for each of the scholarship opportunities above. This application is open from November 1st until March 1st. Recipients of either award must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA at ACU, attend weekly meetings and fulfill a community service commitment each semester. 

Onstead Scholarship
First-time incoming freshman students, who are dependent children of full-time Church of Christ ministers, are able to apply for this endowed scholarship, created by Bob and Kay Onstead.

This application is open from November 1st to March 1st.

Scouting Scholarship
ACU offers a $1,000 scholarship for students who have obtained any of the following achievements through the Boy Scouts of America or Girl Scouts USA: Eagle Scout, Venturing Silver, Sea Scouting Quartermaster, Gold Award or the American Heritage Girls Stars and Stripes.

This scholarship is renewable annually, for up to four years. Click here to complete your application and to upload your scouting certificate.

Engineering & Physics Experiential Learning Award
The Engineering & Physics (E&P) Experiential Learning Award is a scholarship offered to incoming freshmen who are interested in helping to lead the department in experiential learning opportunities and also take on a student leadership role within the department. Scholarship applicants must declare a major in either Engineering or Physics. You will have the opportunity to serve in many ways such as student panelist, activity facilitators, event coordinators, guest speakers, tour guides, student liaisons, outreach event participants, and other positions for the E&P Department.

Click here to complete you application today!

SITC Scholarship
The School of Information Technology and Computing awards scholarships in varying amounts to a select number of incoming freshmen and transfer students each year. Scholarship applicants must declare a major in Computer Science, Computer Science/Math Teaching or Digital Entertainment Technology (DET).

Click here to complete your application today!

Other Scholarships, Grants and Benefit Opportunities

Abilene and Big Country Distinguished Student Award
Students living in Abilene and the Big Country may be eligible for the Abilene and Big Country Distinguished Student Award. Click here for requirements and eligibility. 

Athletics
ACU is a member of the NCAA Division I Southland Conference. Athletic scholarships vary in amount and are determined by the NCAA and head coach of each sport. To inquire about availability, complete a prospect questionnaire.

Bible Major Tuition Discount
All students who declare a major in Biblical Studies will be guaranteed a minimum of 50% off of tuition, when coordinated with other institutional aid.

Contact your Admissions Counselor for more information.

Christian Colleges
All dependent Children of full-time employees at Church of Christ Universities are guaranteed a minimum of 50% off of tuition, when coordinated with other institutional aid.

Contact your Admissions Counselor for more information.

Church Match
ACU will match church gifts dollar-for-dollar up to $500 per year. Simply complete our church match form and submit it, with payment, to your admissions counselor.

Click here to access the Church Match Scholarship form.

Missionary Dependent
Children of full-time Church of Christ supported missionaries, serving in a foreign field, are guaranteed 75% off of tuition, when combined with all other gift aid from federal, state and institutional sources.

Click here to access the Missionary Dependent form.

NCSA Christian School Employee Dependent Scholarship
All dependent children of full-time employees of National Christian Schools Association (NCSA) member schools are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Scholarship amounts are $6,000, per year, for employees’ children and $12,000, per year, for the children of the superintendent, CEO or principal.

Click here to access the Christian School Scholarship form.

Tuition Exchange Programs
ACU participates in the Tuition Exchange (TE) program, as well as the Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) program. These are tuition benefit exchange programs between ACU and partner institutions.

Contact your Admissions Counselor for more information.

Veterans Administration (VA) Benefits
If you plan to use a VA benefit, or if you are a dependent of a servicemember who plans to transfer their benefit to you, begin the process of exploring your benefit options by visiting our Veterans Affairs web page. On the Veterans Affairs web page, you will notice there is an overview of benefit programs, Frequently Asked Questions and a Veterans Information Sheet, which is required each year for all students who plan to use VA Benefits at ACU.

Benefits eligibility questions are fundamentally the responsibility of the Veterans Administration. Questions about qualifications, amounts of benefit and months of eligibility may be directed to the VA website or by calling 1-888-442-4551.